It’s one of the big David vs. Goliath showdowns you don’t want to miss in the 2016-17 Coupe de France. Stephane Mottin’s US Avranches of the Championnat National are having a struggle remaining a part of the French third division. One would imagine that they would be overmatched coming into their contest with Unai Emery’s Paris Saint-Germain at the Stade Michel d’Ornano in Caen. But if the likes of Montpellier HSC, Toulouse FC and EA Guingamp can figure out PSG, so can Avranches.
As for PSG, there has been news that Arsene Wenger, currently manager at Arsenal, could be tipped to replace Unai Emery at Le Parc des Princes. The Sun writes…
Emirates chiefs are adamant that the Frenchman is master of his own fate — even though there is a growing feeling that change is needed at the club. PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi believes Wenger can improve on what has been a disappointing season under Emery. They were eliminated from the Champions League by Barcelona in humiliating fashion — losing the second leg 6-1 to go out 6-5 on aggregate — and trail Monaco at the top of Ligue 1.
Kylian Mbappe, the boy wonder from AS Monaco (who took on Lille OSC in their quarterfinal), is intrigued by PSG’s stature. Could a blockbuster move in the offseason be in the works? Al-Khelaifi’s deep pockets could entice the youngster to a long, prosperous career hoisting the usual silverware at Paris Saint-Germain.
“PSG is a big European club. They are an attractive club,” said Mbappe. “The players are still there, they are the same ones who have mastered and dominated Ligue 1 for the past four or five years. They are the same players who have won quadruple titles in a season, so we are talking about major players. They are at a turning point in their project, so we will see what they decide to do. We will keep an eye on what they are doing.”
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